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Israeli Researchers Develop Sensor For Date Rape Drugs

Researchers in Israel claim they have developed a stirrer-sized sensor that can detect two of the most commonly used date rape drugs. “It samples a very small volume of the drink and mixes it with a testing solution,” said Fernando Patolsky, a chemistry professor at Tel Aviv University. “That causes a chemical reaction that makes the solution cloudy or colored, depending on the drug.” That unique chemical reaction in turn triggers a tiny red light. The researchers say this will alert people to abandon the dangerous drink, and avoid a possible date rape. “Preventing it [date rape] is the best thing to do. I hope it will be sold in bars, in pharmacies.” It is hoped that the cost of the device would be less than an alcoholic drink. The device could be used more than once until it reacts with a date rape drug. At the moment, it detects GHB and ketamine, but Patolsky hopes to add Rohypnol (“ruffies”) to the list in time. These drugs are odorless, colorless and tasteless when added to an alcoholic or soft drink.

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